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Direct private investments

Citi Direct Private Investments offers curated institutional-quality investments exclusively to our most sophisticated clients.

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Direct, co-investment and joint venture opportunities can provide an additional source of returns and diversification in core and opportunistic portfolios.

They also enable you to invest alongside like-minded financial institutions and family offices.

Our dedicated direct private investment team sources these exclusive opportunities from Citi’s institutional  network globally and from third-party sponsors.

We then connect you directly to the financial sponsor or corporate issuer, so that you can conduct your own extensive due diligence of each transaction.

Direct private investments could help to empower visionary founders and companies not only with strategic capital, but also with insights and expertise from their own businesses and other investments.

Our direct private investments are reserved for clients that meet the regulatory, liquidity, and net worth requirements of the program.

Citi’s extensive global network and institutional resources enable us to identify opportunities to offer to our qualified clients.

Itay Blasenheim
Global Head – Citi Direct Private Investments
How we serve you
Exclusivity
Our direct private investments are reserved for Citi Private Bank clients who meet the regulatory, liquidity, and net worth requirements of the program.

The contacts that are cultivated with sponsors and issuers could help enable qualified clients to build relationships with like-minded institutional investors and family offices from around the world.

Reach
The direct private investment strategies that are made available include venture capital, growth equity, real estate, buyout, private credit and distressed opportunities.

They also cover a variety of structures, sectors and regions.

Control the due diligence process
Direct private investments allow investors to develop direct relationships with financial sponsors and companies without intermediation.

To guide investor decision making, issuers provide direct access to their data room.

This enables independent evaluation of confidential transaction information.

Meet our people

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Itay Blasenheim
Global Head of Direct Private Investments

Itay has overall responsibility for curating direct and co-investment deals to our institutional-like private clients. He serves as the global nexus of all private transaction sourcing, management and distribution.

Before joining Citi, Itay worked for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where he was responsible for building and managing Morgan Private Ventures, its direct deals and co-investments platform. He was also a partner in J.P. Morgan’s Junius Real Estate Partners, and a key contributor in building the Highbridge and Gavea funds.

Previously, Itay was an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis and Debevoise & Plimpton.

He is an advisory board member of Sakara Life and a member of Caravan Wellness.

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Global Head
Itay Blasenheim
Global Head of Direct Private Investments

Itay has overall responsibility for curating direct and co-investment deals to our institutional-like private clients. He serves as the global nexus of all private transaction sourcing, management and distribution.

Before joining Citi, Itay worked for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where he was responsible for building and managing Morgan Private Ventures, its direct deals and co-investments platform. He was also a partner in J.P. Morgan’s Junius Real Estate Partners, and a key contributor in building the Highbridge and Gavea funds.

Previously, Itay was an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis and Debevoise & Plimpton.

He is an advisory board member of Sakara Life and a member of Caravan Wellness.

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Scott Curry
Investment Originator, Citi Direct Private Investments

Scott sources opportunities in private companies through direct investment and co-investment vehicles for Private Bank’s clients globally.

Before joining Citi in 2020, Scott was a private equity due diligence associate within J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s alternative investments group. He was responsible for originating, underwriting and executing private investment strategies and direct investments.

Previously, Scott worked as an analyst at J.P. Morgan, contributing to product development initiatives for wealth management, including a direct investments platform focused on institutional family office clients.

Scott holds a bachelor’s in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.  

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Poonam Kamdar
Investments Originator – Citi Direct Private Investments

Poonam is responsible for sourcing, managing, and distributing private transactions, in partnership with leading financial sponsors and Citi Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory (BCMA).

Her previous experience at the Private Bank includes assisting on a relationship team, the private equity and real estate research team, and the portfolio analytics team.

Poonam earned a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Chicago and attended Phillips Academy Andover.

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Harlin Singh Urofsky
Global Head of Sustainable Investing

As Head of Sustainable Investing, Harlin works across Citi’s investment divisions to develop and oversee investment solutions along the full spectrum of sustainability - ESG integration, socially responsible,thematic and impact investments - to ensure the integration of sustainable practices in alignment with Citi’s best thinking on research, asset allocation and diversification. She also works closely with the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist teams to deliver thought leadership and content to clients and external partners and works with the Global Investments Lab to develop and deliver client portfolio analytics.

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To qualify, you must meet certain requirements as an institutional and/or professional investor.

Prospects who do not have a relationship with Citi Private Bank are not eligible.

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